I'm looking to build my own PC - mostly for the experience, as well as the slight price difference - which'll be replacing a pentium 4 Dell fast approaching its 7th birthday.. you could say I'm a little rusty on this.
Having looked around a bit I think I've got a list of what I need, but thought I should probably check here first.
So here're my requirements:
PRICE POINT: £700-£900
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in the next 3 weeks, probably before Christmas, (certainly before the VAT rise come 2010).
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, photoshop, web browsing, sound and video editing, word processing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Am situated in the UK so Ebuyer.com, but am more than happy to hear about cheaper/better sites.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Most likely looking at an Intel i7 processor, and about 6gb ram.
OVERCLOCKING: OC'ing - Probably will after it is all set up and stable. Crossfire - Maybe, in the future.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Current (very old) monitor on 1152*864. Money is tighter for now but am aiming to upgrade to 22" monitor, so 1680*1050 should be about right.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: No need for dead silence, but would prefer components on the quieter side.
Having said that I have looked around a bit and have put together a list of the following components on eBuyer, so I'm mainly looking for people to tell me whether any parts won't fit/be compatible or if they have any more sensible ideas.
That all looks pretty decent! Only consider getting a 5770 instead of a HD4890. They're more future-proof and cheaper i believe. Also, look for another cooler for overclocking, maybe a CoolerMaster 212.
Cheers, mizzl. I'll look into the coolermaster, just as well since it seems that Scythe has just gone out of stock. Any idea for a reliable UK components e-tailer?
Regarding the card, I'm currently undecided on whether to go for the 5770, which can work with DX11 (which I assume won't be standard for a couple of years yet?), or the HD4890 which is a bit pricier but still has DX10.1 and outperforms the 5770 on most fronts.